The Final Frontier: Space Books & Sci-Fi

Douglas County Libraries is exploring the Final Frontier this month with space-themed events at various locations throughout the district. If you’re looking for more sci-fi fun and futuristic thrills, check out these books!

 

YA Sci-Fi

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Illuminae

by Amie Kauffman & Jay Kristoff
In the year 2575, the planet Kerenza is attacked. New exes Kady and Ezra find themselves on a space fleet fleeing the enemy, with a malfunctioning ship’s artificial intelligence and a deadly plague upping the stakes against their survival in this unconventional, suspenseful novel.

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Breaking Sky

by Cori McCarthy
In this compelling, action-packed dystopic novel set in the year 2048, Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx,” is chosen to fly the experimental Streaker jets at the junior Air Force Academy, despite the dark secrets in her past. As the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret that changes everything.

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Alienated

by Melissa Landers

High school senior Cara Sweeney gets in over her head when she participates in Earth’s first intergalactic high school exchange program in this romantic, suspenseful tale.

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These Broken Stars

by Amie Kauffman
Opposites attract in this suspenseful tale. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen are in a fight for their lives when their ship crash lands on an eerily deserted planet, and they must work together in order to survive.

Sci-Fi Books Turned Movies

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The Martian

by Andy Weir
In this fast-paced, suspenseful novel, Mark Watley is stranded after a dust storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short. He has to call on his ingenuity to survive with no air, shelter, food or water until the next manned mission to Mars in four years. DVD

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams
This quirky, offbeat classic kicks off the extraterrestrial journeys, notions and acquaintances of unwilling galactic traveler Arthur Dent. DVD

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I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov
With the three laws of robotics, Asimov changed our perception of robots forever. In this thought-provoking classic, he links the past, present and future of robots through a series of stories, from their primitive beginnings to a future where humanity may no longer play a part. DVD

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Dune

by Frank Herbert
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, this sweeping classic tells the tale of young Paul Atreides, who survives a devastating betrayal against his noble family to become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib who avenges his family, and brings to life humanity’s fragile and most ancient dream. DVD

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Rocket Boys

by Homer H. Hickham
This fantastic memoir inspired the film October Sky. It explores the life of aerospace engineer Homer Hickham and his friends in Big Creek, West Virginia, from the launch of Sputnik to a career in NASA. DVD

Picture Books for Kids

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Zathura

by Chris Van Allsburg
Two boisterous brothers (Danny and Walter, first introduced in Jumanji) find more excitement than they bargained for in a space adventure board game in this fanciful and fun picture book.

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If You Decide to Go to the Moon

by Faith McNulty
In language that is elegant, yet fun, this lavish picture book invites you to accompany a boy on an emotionally charged trip to the moon — from reminders of what one should pack on a trip to the moon, to the exciting countdown and liftoff. After blastoff, facts about space travel are mingled with descriptions of what the journey might be like.

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Mousetronaut Goes to Mars

by Mark E. Kelly
A mouse stowaway on NASA’s first human mission to Mars becomes a hero when one of the landing craft’s engines fails. Meteor returns to save the day in this second picture book by Mark Kelly (retired American astronaut).

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Mars Needs Moms!

by Berke Breathed
When a disgruntled boy sees his mother being kidnapped by Martians, he realizes he loves her and will go to any lengths to protect her. Check out this delightful picture book that was made into a motion picture.

For Fans of Star Wars & Star Trek

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For the Love of Spock (DVD)

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek through a personal, intimate look at the life and career of Leonard Nimoy and the enduring appeal of his alter ego, Mr. Spock, as told by his son, Adam Nimoy.

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The Autobiography of James T. Kirk

by David A. Goodman
This clever and engaging chronicle of the most famous Starfleet captain, in his own words, traces his youth on Tarsus IV, education at the Academy, and illustrious career at the helm of the Enterprise, while sharing insights into his beliefs and famous missions. Told “in-universe,” this tribute will appeal to newcomers as well as fans of the beloved franchise.

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Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

by James Luceno

Set before the events of Rogue One, Catalyst reveals the previously untold story of the development of the Death Star. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a super weapon before any enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

by Ian Doescher
A witty retelling of Star Wars in the style of Shakespeare, in which a wise Jedi knight, an evil Sith lord, a beautiful captive princess, and a young hero coming of age reflect the valor and villainy of the Bard’s greatest plays.

Nonfiction Reads

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StarTalk: Everything You Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe & Beyond

This New York Times bestselling illustrated companion to celebrated scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s popular podcast and National Geographic Channel TV show is an eye-opening journey for anyone curious about the complexities of our universe.

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Spaceships: An Illustrated History of the Real & the Imagined

by Ron Miller
How have actual spaceships influenced the design of fictional ones like the Millennium Falcon and the Starship Enterprise? Did a fiction series in Collier’s magazine really inspire us to create real-life space stations like Mir and the ISS? How have our depictions of space travel developed as the reality of space travel changed? In this book, Miller shows that when it comes to manned spacecraft, art actually does imitate life and, even more bizarrely, life imitates art.

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Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

by Mary Roach
From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

by Dava Sobel
Elegantly written and enriched by excerpts from letters, diaries and memoirs, The Glass Universe is the hidden history of the women whose contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe.

Bookish Films Coming This Spring!

Are the books really better than the movies? Judge for yourself! These books-turned-movies are being released this spring. Quick, break out your library card and read them before you see them!

 

March

The Zookeeper’s Wife
by Diane Ackerman

A fascinating, true story of Polish zookeepers who saved over 300 people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages in their zoo. The movie stars Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl. Check out the trailer!

 

 

The Boss Baby
by Marla Frazee

From the moment he is born, the baby takes charge! The film stars Alec Baldwin and Lisa Kudrow.

 

Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

The YA novel raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others. Will the film starring Zoey Deutch and Logan Miller live up to the book?

 

Beauty and the Beast

The classic fairy tale hits the big screen as a live-action fantasy musical, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans.

 

April

The Circle
by Dave Eggers

A young, ambitious woman gets the opportunity of a lifetime working for a powerful internet company. But at what cost? The film stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. Check out the trailer here.

 

Wonder
by R.J. Palacio

Auggie was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Now in the fifth grade, that’s about to change. Will the heartwarming story translate to the big screen? Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star.

 

May

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney

A family road trip takes several wrong turns. But even the worst trip can be an unforgettable adventure. The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott.

 

The Dinner
by Herman Koch

Two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Underlying the polite conversation and delicate scraping of cutlery is the horrifying act committed by their sons. The film stars Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny, and Rebecca Hall.

 

Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

Seventeen-year-old Madeline has a rare disease, making her allergic to the world outside her sterile home. When Olly moves in next door, she knows she’s going to fall in love, and that it will most certainly be a disaster. The film stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson.

 

June

The Adventures of Captain Underpants
by Dav Pilkey

Two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and love to play pranks turn their principal into their own superhero creation. The movie stars Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, and Ed Helms. Check out Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive first look.